Knox Ordinance: If you’re not a Whistleblower, you will be fired

From now on, if Knox County employees do not report fraudulent, illegal or wasteful activity in their department or by their co-workers they will face disciplinary action, even termination, reports the News Sentinel.
That’s according to an ordinance passed on second and final reading by the Knox County Commission at its Aug. 22 meeting and sponsored by Commission Chairman Mike Hammond.
“We’re not really trying to go on witch hunts,” Hammond said. “We want to make sure if an employee knows of this kind of activity going on, they have an obligation to report it.”
….Hammond said it was motivated by the actions of the late John Evans, former Solid Waste director who died in 2007, and Bruce Wuethrich, former director of Engineering and Public Works, who oversaw the Solid Waste Department during part of the time the county auditor presented a critical report to commission showing $500,000 in misused funds from 2003 to 2010. Neither Evans nor Wuethrich reported to the commission the questionable activities at the county’s mulch facilit

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